Mechanics is the first foundation for the study of physics. This book takes first-year undergraduates through an entertaining and instructive set of practical examples of the uses of mechanics. The author adopts a fresh approach which recognizes mechanics as an observational science, and uses worked examples that can be easily visualized and understood by the reader.
By the end of the book students will have not only painlessly learned the principles of mechanics, but will have also obtained a good grasp of techniques needed for solving typical mechanics problems. They will also have covered all the essentials of a first-year university course in mechanics. The book can then be used as a reference of a quick aid to revision.
1: Position vectors 2: Velocity vectors 3: Acceleration vectors 4: Centres of mass 5: Straight line motion 6: Energy conservation 7: Tensile forces and projectiles 8: Energy dissipation 9: Variable forces 10: Rotational Motion I - Torque 11: Rotational Motion II - Angular Momentum I 12: Rotational Motion III - Angular Momentum II
Reviews for Elements of Mechanics
A lot of space is given to the mathematics, with early chapters introducing vectors, so this should suit students with little prior training in mathematics * New Scientist * Students will not only easily learn the principles of mechanics, but will also obtain a good grasp of techniques needed for solving typical mechanics problems. They will cover all the essentials of a first-year university course in mechanics. The book can also be used as a reference book * Zentralblatt fur Mathematik 869 *